• Biathlon: Lindstroem leads Sweden to relay gold
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    Biathlon: Lindstroem leads Sweden to relay gold

    By Philip O'Connor PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Fredrik Lindstroem emerged victorious from a frenetic battle on the final leg with Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen to take the gold medal for Sweden in the men's Olympic 4x7.5km relay on Friday, the final biathlon event of the Games.

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    FIFA sure of World Cup security despite fresh Russian fan violence

    By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - FIFA said on Friday it had every confidence in its security measures at the World Cup in Russia after hooliganism in the host nation came under fresh scrutiny following violent incidents involving Spartak Moscow supporters on Thursday in which a policeman died

  • Curling: Swiss stun Canada to take bronze medal
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    Curling: Swiss stun Canada to take bronze medal

    By Mitch Phillips GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Canada's Olympic curling nightmare was completed on Friday when the men's team, gold medalists in the last three Games, lost 7-5 to Switzerland in the bronze medal match. Canada's men were battling for bronze having missed out on the

  • Speed skating: Dutchman Nuis secures golden double
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    Speed skating: Dutchman Nuis secures golden double

    By Simon Jennings GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Dutch speed skater Kjeld Nuis held his nerve to claim gold in the men's Olympic 1,000 meters by the slimmest of margins ahead of Norwegian Havard Lorentzen at the Gangneung Oval on Friday. Racing in the final pair, Nuis finished 0.04 seconds

  • Figure skating: Zagitova gives OAR first Pyeongchang gold
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    Figure skating: Zagitova gives OAR first Pyeongchang gold

    By Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber and Elaine Lies GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Russian teenager Alina Zagitova edged compatriot Evgenia Medvedeva with a stunning free skate on Friday that earned the Olympic Athletes from Russia a first gold at the Pyeongchang Games. The 15-year-old, who led Medvedeva

  • Ice hockey: Steely Russians top Czechs to reach final
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    Ice hockey: Steely Russians top Czechs to reach final

    By Dan Burns and Mark Trevelyan GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Vasili Koshechkin recorded a shutout to lift the Russian men past the Czech Republic 3-0 on Friday, giving them a chance at their first Olympic gold medal in men's ice hockey for more than a quarter of a century. In a rematch of

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    Gymnastics: Van Hoof left shocked after British Gymnastics axe

    British Gymnastics' sacked head national coach Eddie van Hoof said he was left shocked and dismayed after being dismissed by the organization on Thursday. Van Hoof had been suspended from his role since November, pending an investigation into alleged misconduct, and a statement from British Gymnastics

  • Second Russian athlete fails doping test at Winter Games
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    Second Russian athlete fails doping test at Winter Games

    By Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber and Karolos Grohmann PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - A second Russian athlete has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a major blow for the nation's hopes of regaining its Olympic status and drawing a line under years

  • Curling: South Korean 'Garlic Girls' savor overnight fame
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    Curling: South Korean 'Garlic Girls' savor overnight fame

    (This story has been corrected to mention that four are from same hometown, not all five in para 11) By Jane Chung GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - The South Korean women's curling team, nicknamed "Garlic Girls", have become overnight internet sensations following their stellar performance

  • Figure skating: At 15, Zagitova's skills bely her youth
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    Figure skating: At 15, Zagitova's skills bely her youth

    Olympic gold medalist Alina Zagitova might be 15 but the depth of her figure skating career stretches far beyond her years. Competing in her first senior season, the teenage Russian arrived at the Pyeongchang Olympics as the European champion after having handed training partner Evgenia Medvedeva, a

  • Figure skating: Hometown skaters win roars of approval, praise from Kim Yuna
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    Figure skating: Hometown skaters win roars of approval, praise from Kim Yuna

    Two South Korean skaters on Friday brought down the rafters at the Olympic skating arena as local crowds roared approval of their performances and the two earned praise from two-time Olympic medal winner Kim Yuna. Skater Choi Dabin, who earlier this month told reporters her mother - who passed away

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    Motor racing: McLaren show true colors as new car unveiled

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Former champions McLaren showed their true colors on Friday with a new papaya orange and blue Formula One car they hope will take them back up the starting grid after three nightmare years with Honda. The MCL33 is the team's first to be powered by Renault, the

  • Alpine skiing: Shiffrin braced for post-Games blues before resuming speed quest
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    Alpine skiing: Shiffrin braced for post-Games blues before resuming speed quest

    By Nick Mulvenney PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Mikaela Shiffrin is prepared for the post-Olympics letdown of a return to normal life but the American still has plenty to target over the rest of the year and is even looking further ahead towards her third Games in 2022. The 22-year-old had a

  • No flag, but world knows who OAR athletes are: Medvedeva
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    No flag, but world knows who OAR athletes are: Medvedeva

    By Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Although the Russian flag won't be raised at the women's figure skating medal ceremony for Olympic champion Alina Zagitova, the world still knows where she is from, silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva said on Friday. "It doesn

  • Figure skating: Obstacles bridged, Kostner savors last Olympics
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    Figure skating: Obstacles bridged, Kostner savors last Olympics

    By Elaine Lies GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Even during the dark days of a suspension, Carolina Kostner never lost the hope and resilience that has allowed the 31-year-old Italian to complete at a fourth Olympics in a sport where many fade in their 20s. A bronze medalist at Sochi four years ago

  • Cross-country skiing: Red-hot competition in Olympic waxing cabins
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    Cross-country skiing: Red-hot competition in Olympic waxing cabins

    "These are people who have been training their entire lives, and tenths of a second can make a difference," Australia's wax technician Paul Moore told Reuters, before revealing he had hidden everything that might give away his team's waxing secrets before opening the cabin door. "

  • Dominant Norway proud but humble amid gold rush
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    Dominant Norway proud but humble amid gold rush

    By Philip O'Connor PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Norway's stunning medal haul has been the talk of the Olympics and with 13 golds and three days of competition left, they could beat the record of 14 by one country at a single Winter Games. Surpassing that mark, set by Canada in 2010,

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    Russian fans rejoice after painful wait for first gold

    By Mark Trevelyan GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - It had taken until two days before the end of the Winter Olympics, but hundreds of Russian fans roared in celebration when teenage figure skater Alina Zagitova delivered their team's first gold medal on Friday. For fans who had traveled from

  • Ice hockey: Pay row helped forge gold medal team: U.S. captain Duggan
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    Ice hockey: Pay row helped forge gold medal team: U.S. captain Duggan

    By Peter Rutherford PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - A protracted pay dispute that almost saw the U.S. women's ice hockey team boycott last year's world championships was part of a journey that forged bonds between the players and helped them win a first Olympic gold since 1998, captain

  • Alpine skiing: Vonn's last Olympics? Shiffrin isn't buying it
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    Alpine skiing: Vonn's last Olympics? Shiffrin isn't buying it

    By Simon Evans PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - American Mikaela Shiffrin, Olympic giant slalom gold medalist in Pyeongchang, isn't buying the "official line" that her team mate Lindsey Vonn won't take part in the next Games in Beijing. Vonn, downhill bronze medal winner this

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    Short track: Canadian strength helped Boutin through online abuse, says Hamelin

    Canadian short track speed skater Charles Hamelin said the team had rallied round Kim Boutin after the Olympic women's 500 meters bronze medalist was subjected to online abuse and threats at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. The 23-year-old had finished fourth in last week's race but was bumped

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    Norway curlers to get Russia's doubles bronze in Pyeongchang

    By Karolos Grohmann PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Norway's mixed doubles curlers team will be awarded the bronze at a ceremony at the Pyeongchang Olympics after the medal was stripped from the Russian pair for doping earlier this week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday

  • Minnows keep hoping for that 'magical day'
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    Minnows keep hoping for that 'magical day'

    By Mark Trevelyan PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - About an hour and a half after the world's top skiers had finished their Olympic slalom runs, Pakistan's Muhammad Karim began his descent, struggling to keep his grip on the tightly packed snow.

  • Snowboarding: Czech sensation Ledecka takes tilt at historic double
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    Snowboarding: Czech sensation Ledecka takes tilt at historic double

    By Jack Tarrant PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - From the moment Ester Ledecka stunned the Alpine skiing world by winning gold in the super-G last week, the focus has turned to Saturday's snowboarding parallel grand slalom (PGS) as the 22-year-old stands on the brink of history. If the Czech

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    Freestyle skiing: Roommates' delight at skicross one-two

    By Jack Tarrant PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - As Canada secured their third consecutive title in the women's ski cross on Friday, the moment was extra special for gold medalist Kelsey Serwa as the woman next to her on the podium was best friend Brittany Phelan. The two women share a room